Leaders of Tomorrow – Learn from the Leaders of Today

The NH Bar Association’s Leadership Academy has graduated five classes of emerging leaders from the legal community. Leadership Academy Learn from Leaders of today: governors, judges, legislators, regulators, CEOs, authors, educators, and other leaders from throughout New Hampshire have spent time conversing with Leadership Academy classes.

Read Judge Delker’s article in the Bar News about the importance of Leadership Academy.

Congratulations to the 2019 Graduating Class of the NHBA Leadership Academy.

The NHBA Leadership Academy is an excellent program for young lawyers to learn the legal and business environment of New Hampshire where they will be practicing. From shadowing a judge to meeting with business leaders, the Academy teaches lawyers how they can become effective leaders and advocates within the Bar Association and in their chosen practice field.”

George R. Moore, Esq. Executive Director, NHBA

Scenes from Academy Kick-off and A Preview of Upcoming Modules
Class of 2019

Alexandra S. Cote
McLane Middleton Professional Association

Nicole A. Faille
Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green PA

Joshua P. Lanzetta
Wadleigh Starr & Peters PLLC

Brooke L. Lovett Shilo
Upton & Hatfield LLP

Evan M. Lowry
Southern NH University

R. J. Meurin
Hillsborough County Attorney’s Office North

Kaitlin M. O’Neil

Normandin Cheney & O’Neil PLLC

Hilary A. Holmes Rheaume

 Bernstein Shur Sawyer & Nelson PA

Justin S. St. James
Law Office of Justin St. James

Corinne A. Taylor
Parr Law PC

Stephanie L. Tymula
1 Client Matters LLC

Carole L. Waters
United Way of the Greater Seacoast, Attorney at Law

Class of 2017

Robert F. Berry Jr.
NH Department of Health and Human Services

Mary C. Bleier
NH Insurance Department

Jason B. Dennis
Bianco Professional Associates

Laura D. Devine
Boyle, Shaughnessy & Campo, PC

Mariana Dominguez
NH Public Defender

Christine F. Donlan
Posteri Legal, PLLC

Kristin G. Fields
Martin, Lord & Osman, PA

Rebeka M. Fortess
Circuit Court Administrative Office

Michelle C. Heaton
NH Attorney General’s Office – Department of Justice

Henry R. Klementowicz
McLane Middleton, PA

Molly M. Lynch
NH Department of Health and Human Services – Commissioner’s Office

Alexander E. Najjar
Najjar Employment Law Group, PC

Nathan P. Warecki
Nixon Peabody LLP

Class of 2015

Nicholas F. Casolaro
McLane Graf Raulerson & Middleton PA

Kristina Cerniauskaite
Harman Law Offices

Amy C. Connolly
Russman Law Offices

James P. Cowles
Walker & Varney PC

Joseph H. Driscoll IV
Martin Lord & Osman PA

Susan Aileen Lowry
Boynton Waldron Doleac Woodman & Scott

Kathleen M. Mahan
Cook Little Rosenblatt & Manson pllc

Jacob J.B. Marvelley
Shaines & McEachern PA

Kristin A. Ross
Van Dorn & Curtiss PLLC

Lynne Guimond Sabean
Boutin & Altieri PLLC

Talesha L. Saint-Marc
Berstein Shur Sawyer & Nelson PA

James C. Shaw
Law Office of James Shaw PLLC

Daniel J. Swegart
NH Public Defender

Steven J. Venezia
Upton & Hatfield LLP

Class of 2013

Joseph D. Becher
Law Offices of Joseph D. Becher

Jonathan M. Boutin
Boutin & Altieri

Darrell J. Chichester
McLane Graf Raulerson & Middleton PA

Courtney H. Eschbach
New Hampshire General Court

Lisa A. Fearon
Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC

Seth J. Hipple
Law Offices of Martin & Hipple

Melissa L.B. Lyons
Sig Sauer, Inc.

Deborah Mulcrone
Mulcrone Law PLLC

Michael J. Ortlieb
Simmons & Ortlieb PLLC

Anthony Sculimbrene
New Hampshire Public Defender

Kirk C. Simoneau
Nixon, Vogelman, Barry, Slawsky & Simoneau, PA

Class of 2012

Elyse Alkalay
NH Attorney General’s Office

Mark E. Beaudoin
Cleveland Waters and Bass PA

Brooksley C. Belanger
NH Public Defender

Christopher C. Buck
J. Miller & Associates

Kysa M. Crusco
Crusco Law Office PLLC

Joel Emlen
McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton

Francesca Stabile Hennessy
NH Dept. of Health & Human Services

Suzanne E. McKenna
Martin, Lord & Osman, P.A.

Meagan T. Munsey
Sun Life Financial

Lyndsee D. Paskalis
Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green P.A.

Jamie L. Pond
NH Dept. of Health & Human Services – Division of Child Support Services

Thomas E. Walker Jr.
Niederman, Stanzel & Lindsey

Class of 2011

Christopher G. Aslin
Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer & Nelson

Anthony S. Augeri
Devine, Millimet & Branch

Deanne Chrystal
Chrystal Law Office

Rachel A. Goldwasser
Orr & Reno

Adam B. Hescock
NH Public Defenders Office

Celia K. Leonard
General Counsel for NH Banking Commission

Sarah E. Mattson
NH Legal Assistance

Patrick T. O’Day
O’Day Law Office

Matthew R. Serge
Upton & Hatfield

Donald Sienkiewicz
Law Offices of Donald H. Sienkiewicz

Christine M. Smith
Law Office of Christine M. Smith

Abigail J. Sykas
Sykas Law Office

Patrick H. Taylor
McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton

David C. Tencza
Hillsborough County Attorney’s Office

Cathryn E. Vaughn
McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton

Lisa L. Wolford
NH Public Defenders Office

Apply Class of 2018-2019
  • Look for 2020-20 Application in mid February 2020: After completing the fillable .pdf form please print, gather both signatures and return it to the NHBA as instructed on the application. Participation fee of $750, due upon acceptance.
  • Becoming a Participant
  • Scholarship Opportunities   Limited financial aid up to $375 may be available to all participants. Upon acceptance, please fill out the fillable scholarship application and return to Lisa Boisvert. (participants must pay at least a portion of the fee to demonstrate their commitment).
  • Past Faculty and Shadowing Judges
Program Overview

NHBA Leadership Academy is a three-year commitment to the NH Bar Association leadership training and NHBA committee work. Up to eighteen attorney members of the NHBA who have been in practice for at least three years, will be carefully selected for this Academy, with curriculum most meaningful for those in practice less than 10 years.

Training: Meets October to June, including NHBA Midyear and Annual meetings.

Active Service: Participation in a NHBA section or committee work or other mission appropriate activity.

Leadership Academy Mission

• To promote and encourage NHBA leadership
• Identify future leaders
• Provide a program to develop leadership skills
• Provide tangible benefits to Leadership Academy enrollees

Steering Committee

• Jaye L. Ranourt , Co-Chair
• Talesha Saint-Marc , Co-Chair
• Robert Berry Jr.
• Ms. Lisa Boisvert
• Nicholas F. Casolaro
• Jason B. Dennis
• Laura D. Devine
• Mariana Dominguez
• Joseph H. Driscoll IV
• Nicole Annmarie Faille
• Richard Guerriero
• Michelle C. Heaton
• Ms. Joanne M Hinnendael
• Joshua Patrick Lanzetta
• Ms. Virginia A Martin
• George R. Moore
• Kaitlin Marie O’Neil
• Ms. Jennifer Pinckney
• Hilary Anne Holmes Rheaume
• J. Kirk Trombley

2018-19 Program Calendar

October 4, 2018:  Welcome Reception: 5:00-7:00 p.m. The NHBA 2 Pillsbury St. Suite 300, Concord

Friday, October 26, (full day) & Saturday October 27, (half day), 2018: Kickoff Retreat  – The Mountain Club on Loon, Lincoln, NH

Thursday, November 8, 2018: Business Module: 1:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, December 6, 2018: Public Interest/Non-profit, 1:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 10, 2019: Judicial 1:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 17, 2019: Snow Date, Project time if not used for programming. 1:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Friday, February 16, 2019: Midyear Meeting Date-Full Day Attendance. Downtown Manchester Hotel, Manchester, NH

Thursday, March 7, 2019: Media Relations & Public Speaking, 1:00-6:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 14, 2019: Snow Date, Project time if not used for programing.  1:00-6:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 5, 2019: Legislative/Executive Branches, 1:00 – 6:00 p.m.

May: Project’s completed

June 28 or June 29, 2019:­­ NHBA Annual Meeting: (NHBA will pay for one night for graduation) Mount Washington Hotel, Bretton Woods, NH

Staff Contact

This program is supported in part by the New Hampshire Bar Foundation.